After the last Ice Age ended, the area that today is the southern part of the North Sea (Doggerland) was inhabited by hunter-collectors who would remain closely connected to their environment for generations on end. The landscape had a profound historical meaning for them, one maintained by way of traditional actions and stories. As a result of rising sea levels, Doggerland disappeared below water some 7000 years ago. What were the consequences for those who survived this inundation? Were memories of the submerged land kept alive? Archaeologist and lecturer Hans Peeters studied this topic. A story on the threshold of past and future.

About Hans Peeters
Hans Peeters is an associate professor at the Groninger Instituut voor Archeologie, an archaeology research institute in Groningen. Hunter-collectors form his specialist research topic, with a specific focus on the relationship between humans and the landscape. He is head of a research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) called 'Resurfacing Doggerland’, which investigates the effect of climate change and rising sea levels on the hunter-collectors who lived in and around the current North Sea region.

About the Campus Talks
This year Explore the North will once again be present on Campus Fryslân! This is the University of Groningen's eleventh faculty, one where a variety of research is conducted, delving into topics including culture, language and technology, as well as policy studies and sustainable society. Campus Talks will be taking place throughout the festival, with academics discussing the world of tomorrow and the major issues of the day. Intended for anyone longing to know about the ways in which the world works, who can handle new experiences and enjoys amazement.